Fort Jefferson, Fla., Apr 2d 1862
Dear Wife & Children
There is a Mail to leave tomorrow at 9AM and will drop you a line. I am writing lying on my back dont be frightened I am better than I have been had a turn of Gravel since I got over the Diarhea I think it is owing to the water & standing in the position of a Soldier so much. I think I shall be able to do duty in a day or two. Copl J.C. Page died last night of small pox, which makes three out of my squad. I hope it is the last the Doctr thinks there will be no more cases; there has been 9 deaths from it in the regt 4 of Co C - 5 of Co G. Sam is well and acting as nurse to others, I think there will be several of Co C discharged and a number from other Cos Thos Watts is the only one you know, I think he has the consumption or something very near to it.
The latest news we have is March 15th which tells us of goodly progress in the war and hope it will continue.